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The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has identified about 10 nontariff barriers that are hindering American participation in Japan’s automobile market, according to U.S. trade sources.

If Washington formally presents a list of the barriers to Tokyo, the government will likely have to address them because the automobile sector is a key factor in whether the United States will allow Japan to join ongoing talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade pact.

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